Quick Tips For The Heat Wave in Siskiyou County

Yreka – Siskiyou County has been hot for many days now. Extended days of extreme heat have caused heat related illness to many frail, elderly, and homebound in the State of California. Dr. David Herfindahl is following the Governor’s directive to inform residents of risk of extreme heat exposure. This notice is to help you recognize if you or somebody you see is becoming too hot and becoming ill. The following ideas may help you cool down.

  • Use your air conditioner if you are too hot, or spend time in an air-conditioned location such as a store or library.
  • Run portable electric fans in your room to move the air if the room temperature is under 90 degrees.
  • Take a cool bath or shower and then stand in the breeze from your fan.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Eat light, cool, easy to digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothes. Wear a hat with a brim to shade your face if you must be in the sun.
  • Check on your friend to make sure they are OK.
  • If somebody becomes confused, stops sweating or seems ill call 911.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Walk slowly and take rest break in the shade if you must go outside. Carry some water to drink with you.

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